YWCA delegates at the Tunis Gender Forum spoke out for gender equality policies.

Women and young women from the YWCA raised their voices advocating for feminist ways to build long-term peace processes from grassroots level to global engagement at the Tunis Gender Forum 2019. *Insert button READ MORE after here, and then it will open link in World YWCA website.

The forum held in Tunisia from April 24-26th, brought together approximately 500 participants representing local, national, regional and global perspectives, to discuss civil society’s role in different human rights mechanisms.

Mary Bii Bakuyo, (YWCA of South Sudan), Ruba Odeh (YWCA of Palestine) and Aïda Rehouma (World YWCA) represented the YWCA by actively engaging at the forum among different stakeholders including members of the Government of Tunisia, the Government of Sweden, UN WOMEN, and UNDP.

Ahead of the Forum, the World YWCA was also invited to join a group of organisations such as ICAN, Kvinna til Kvinna, Oxfam MENA and WILPF that informed and put together the sessions under the Women, Peace & Security theme.

Participants to the forum also issued a common statement in response to the UN Security Council’s adoption on April 23rd of Resolution 2467, which references to sexual and reproductive health services for women having suffered sexual violence in the context of conflicts are excluded.

After further consultations, the forum will be able to provide with an outcome document with key recommendations to be discussed and evaluated for existing platforms that seek to progressively advance women’s rights.